Higher Education Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur (seated, centre) at the GET’s “Train the Trainers” programme at Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah. NSTP Pic by Azhar Ramli.

SINTOK: With the aim of rolling out more e-commerce entrepreneurs, the Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) recently took part in the Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) training programme, powered by world e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group Limited.

The programme, a collaboration between MoHE and the Alibaba Business School, aims to provide students from public higher learning institutions with competitive skills required in the global e-commerce industry.

Its secretary general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said the programme would help the ministry achieve its agenda to produce more "job creative" students.

“This is the first collaboration training held with Alibaba to ensure that our entrepreneurship agenda is carried out aggressively.

"Alibaba is a major global e-commerce trader and we are happy that they are willing to bring their lecturers to carry out the training programmes,” she said at the end of GET’s “Train the Trainers” programme at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) here recently.

Fifty lecturers from six public universities attended the five-day training programme held at UUM’s EDC Hotels and Resorts here.

Present were Alibaba Group Limited vice-president Brian Wong, and UUM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak.

Noorul Ainur said the ministry would further discuss the proposed GET certificate from Alibaba Business School for students who took part in the training.

Meanwhile, Wong, in the same press conference, said GET is the first Alibaba Business School international training programme carried out with a public university in Malaysia.

He said the school aims to produce 10,000 e-commerce talents in Malaysia under the programme this year with 5,000 students to be produced from the first “Train the Trainers” session.

“We hope each lecturer will go back and groom some 100 students and thus, help us to achieve the target.

“”Throughout this five-day training programme, the lecturers were provided with theory and practical skills plus a holistic view of the e-commerce rules and principles,” he said.

Wong also believed that the talents could help accelerate the development of Malaysia’s digital economy and at the same time, build their confidence and competitive edge in the global e-commerce trade.